Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bernard of Clairvaux

Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux, Hymnwriter and Theologian
Thursday after Pentecost 12
August 19, 2010

The Lord be with you

Today is recognized as the Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux, Hymnwriter and Theologian on the liturgical calendar used in the LC-MS. Honored in his native France and around the world, Bernard was a leader in Christian Europe in the first half of the twelfth century, AD. He was born into a noble family in Burgundy in 1090 but left the affluence of his heritage and entered the monastery of Citeaux at the age of twenty-two. After two years, he was sent to start a new monastic house at Clairvaux. His work there was blessed in many ways. The monastery at Clairvaux grew in mission and service, eventually establishing some sixty-eight daughter houses. Bernard is remembered not only for his charity and political abilities but especially for his preaching and hymn composition. The hymn text “O Jesus, King Most Wonderful” and “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” are part of the heritage of the faith left by St. Bernard.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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